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Old 06-18-2020, 10:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been trying to convince my parents to let me buy a hedgehog. I was approved by both my parents, and bough everything, as well as got in touch with a breeder. But my dad just learned that hedgehogs can get salmonella. Does anyone know if there is a accurate test for salmonella in hedgehogs? We have had some bad salmonella experiences before. Also, does anyone have any info on salmonella with hedgehogs?
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Old 06-18-2020, 10:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would also like to say, if the hedgehog tests positive, what am i supposed to do? And if I get a hedgehog, how can I persuade my parents to still let it cuddle with me or even have skin contact?
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Old 06-20-2020, 02:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi!
So my opinion is that hedgehogs only get Salmonella or carry it if you are letting them walk around in their own feces, and then lick/claw/paw at your face. Do not kiss your hedgehog on the nose, or touch their feet a lot. Make sure to wash your hands and I think that you should be fine as long as you don't put your mouth near their face/feet
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Hedgehogs can carry salmonella in their droppings yes.

Basic hygiene is the key to preventing Salmonella infections.
Thoroughly washing hands with soap and warm water after handling the hedgehogs themselves is very important, as is washing hands after cleaning their habitat, toys, and equipment.

Its a risk yes, but its not a for sure going to carry it, and your very unlikely to know even if they do carry it.

But I also know a lot of people who kiss their hogs and never got anything from them.
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since hedgehogs can carry it in their feces and that can get all over their feet when they are running on their wheel, I make sure to wash my boys feet daily. This helps to reduce the risk of infection but also keep him healthy and clean. I do not give him a full bath, just "foot baths" as many people call them. If you are worried about salmonella, you could give daily foot baths before handling, wash the wheel daily, wash your hands throughly after cleaning the wheel/handling your hog. I kiss my boy every day and did the same with my first, I have never experienced any health issues as a result of the hedgies. Just make sure you are keeping them and their habitat clean!
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Old 06-25-2020, 04:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Igor gave me salmonella, but that didn’t change much &#x1f602; I still put him on my face and kiss him.
But I’m not sure how to prevent it. The top comments are actually good ideas. I’ll just never not kiss Igor though.
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